The piano ain't got no wrong notes.
― Thelonious Monk
Nick Bentz is a jazz pianist based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Nick spent his younger years playing with a variety of ensembles around the Salt Lake Valley, before moving to Sacramento, California.
In Sacramento Nick led his own jazz quartet, The Mechula, for which he was the primary composer/arranger. In addition to his role as band leader, he played as a sideman in several other projects in the Sacramento area, notably the physchadelic-indie-soul group Epsilona, who were featured on the television program "Good Day Sacramento" and were also a featured group at First Fest, and Concerts in the Park, two of the cities most well attended music festivals. Nick also played in the Noah Byrd Band, an acoustic-folk rock band featuring the songs of its leader Noah Byrd. In addition to his regular projects Nick was a regular sub for many of the cities other pianists and would regularly play in the house band at the infamous weekly jazz jam session at Shine Coffee. He is familiar with variety of other styles such as: funk, reggae, fusion, RNB/Soul, mo-town, blues, and rock-n-roll.
Nick attended American River College, where he played with the big band, latin ensemble, and the ARC Jazz Collective. While there, he studied under the renowned pianist Dr. Joe Gilman, who most notably worked with Dave Brubeck and Bobby Hutcherson. Nick currently attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Commercial Music, and studies under the pianist Dave Loeb.